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How to Choose the Right Residential HVAC System

With so many different types of residential HVAC systems on the market, homeowners might have trouble deciding which type is best for their home. Depending on your home’s layout, area, and insulation, one kind of central air system might better serve your environment. Keep reading to learn how the four most common types of HVAC systems can improve your home comfort.

Split Systems

Split systems are the most common type of central air conditioner in the U.S. Within your house, tucked in a cabinet, is the evaporator coil, which removes moisture and heat in the atmosphere. Outside your home, a metal case contains the condenser coil. The coil discharges the compressor, which pumps the refrigerant throughout your device.

The indoor part of the air conditioner connects to a network of ducts. The blower circulates the chilly air through these ducts to reach all parts of your house. This kind of system is the most efficient to set up with a central furnace in your residence since it may share the ductwork utilized by the heating system. Each of the central air conditioner systems in this report are split systems.

Heat Pump Systems

Heat pumps are a variation of the conventional split system. During the hot summertime, it releases it outside and pumps heat from the house. In the wintertime, it pulls heat in the outdoor air and uses it to warm the home.

Heat pumps are most efficient in mild climates that require both heating and cooling, depending on the season. Nevertheless, heat pumps don’t usually function very well, so they’re generally not the best option for cold climates when temperatures remain below freezing for a long time. A specialized kind of heat pump called a ground-source, or geothermal heat pump could be an alternative for colder environments. By drawing heat out of the ground instead of the air, it works.

Packaged Central Systems

Packaged central air conditioners combine compressor, condenser, and evaporator in one unit. This type of air conditioner ordinarily exists on a roof or a concrete slab near the base. Ducts running through the exterior wall or ceiling draw air from in your house and return cooled air indoors. This sort of air conditioner is ideal for small commercial buildings. When combined with a couple of heating coils or a natural gas furnace, it removes the need for a separate heater within the building.

One of the best packaged central AC providers is Honeywell TrueHOME solutions. KCR’s broad selection of Honeywell TrueHOME products enhances the air quality of your space with precision humidity control. As a certified Honeywell Contractor Pro, KCR can help you navigate the sales, service, and installation of Honeywell Comfort Indoor Air Quality products in your home or business.

Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Ductless mini-split systems could be the ideal choice for houses that don’t have ductwork. Like a central split system, the ductless mini-split combines an outdoor compressor and condenser with one or maybe more indoor air-handling units. These units have attached blowers and higher mounts. Their tubing connects the outdoor and indoor units and circulates refrigerant between them. As a result, each indoor unit reaches a different room and cools that room exclusively, similar to a window air conditioner.

The main benefit of ductless mini-split systems is that they don’t involve tearing up walls to set up ductwork. Furthermore, they allow the stream of cold air to flow through each room independently. You can also shut them off altogether in empty rooms. If you need to cool an entire house, mini-split systems are somewhat more expensive than ducted central air conditioning systems, costing roughly 30 percent more for the same amount of cooling power. Yet, they are also more effective, since they prevent the power loss associated with ductwork.

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